Who We Are

 Merisa K. Bowers, Principal

    Merisa is a University of Cincinnati graduate and a cum laude graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. She works to promote her family’s long-standing value that everyone, regardless of class, gender, income, age, religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, deserves competent and compassionate legal representation. Realizing Ohioans’ need for aggressive yet affordable representation, Merisa established her law practice in January 2010.

     Merisa has experience with Ohio’s foremost criminal justice and civil rights advocates. Her prior experience includes working as an administrative assistant at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP in Cincinnati, a Federal Judicial Externship with the Honorable Sara Lioi in the Northern District of Ohio, and working as the litigation law clerk at Friedman & Gilbert in Cleveland, Ohio. She continues to have strong professional relationships with some of Ohio’s premiere litigators.

     Both Merisa and Olivia strive to combat the perception that lawyers are inaccessible and unsympathetic. In both family law and criminal defense legal matters, Merisa and Olivia insist on treating each client, party, and opposing counsel with courtesy, respect, and promptness.

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University, cum laude (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • University of Cincinnati, Departmental Honors, International Human Rights Certificate (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • North Canton Hoover High School, with Honors (North Canton, Ohio)

Honors

  • CALI Award, American Legal Profession
  • Student Leadership Award (Peer Award), CWRU School of Law
  • Legal Writing and Research Fellow
  • OSBA 2012 Bar College Member
  • 2013-2014 Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Class of 2016 Best 40 Under 40 LGBT Attorneys, National LGBT Bar Association

Memberships/Volunteer Programs

  • City of Columbus Community Relations Commission, Commissioner, 2014 – present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010 – present
  • Columbus Bar Association, LGBT Committee Co-Chair, 2013-2014
  • Central Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Secretary 2014-2015
  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County, 2012 – present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member of Criminal Law and Family Law Committees, 2009 – present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Conference Committee, 2014 – present
  • Equality Ohio
  • The National LGBT Bar Association and Family Law Institute
  • Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Olivia K. Smith, of Counsel

Attorney Olivia K. Smith’s practice focuses primarily in the area family law. She enjoys using her expertise in this area to help clients come to a satisfactory resolution of his or her family related issue. Olivia understands and respects the difficult time you are going through. She will explain every step of the process to you so that you understand what to expect. She will be accessible to answer any question you may have regarding your case. Olivia is passionate about helping you achieve solutions to your family law and other legal issues.

Olivia attended the University of Baltimore, School of Law for her legal education. Here, Olivia participated in the “Family Law Clinic”, one of the school’s competitive clinical law programs. Olivia also attended the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China and the University of the Netherland Antilles in Curacao law school study abroad programs.

Education

  • Anderson High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia)
  • University of Baltimore, School of Law (Baltimore, Maryland)

Honors

  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Phi Upsilon Omicron
  • Phi Eta Sigma

Memberships/Volunteer Programs

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Clermont County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project (through the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati)